Anthony Davis not dealt at NBA trade deadline

What's next for AD & the Pelicans?

Steve Geller
February 07, 2019 - 2:44 pm

The NBA trade deadline has passed and Anthony Davis remains on the Pelicans. New Orleans reportedly had no communication today with the Lakers, who had been in hot pursuit of Davis to pair up with Lebron James. Trade talks fell apart after Los Angeles felt the Pels were asking too much for the 25 year-old All-Star, but New Orleans did not panic since AD is under contract till the end of next season.   

Trade talks will certainly heat up come summer time when the Boston Celtics can get involved. They have much more attractive assets to offer than the Lakers and the C's have made it clear they are very interested in doing a deal for AD.

Now that Davis is staying put though, what does it mean for the rest of this season? How awkward will things be with him still around, when he clearly does not want to be in New Orleans? Davis' plan is to play for the Pels, having said last week he is a professional and intends on honoring his contract with the team.

But, the Pelicans organization faces a difficult dilemma. What do they gain by putting Davis on the court? New Orleans is currently six games out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference playoffs and benefit more from losing games as they look ahead to the draft lottery. Also, why play Anthony Davis and risk their biggest asset getting hurt? This trade is going to be a massive moment for the franchise, so the best option is to sit Davis no matter what his intentions are.  

We'll see what the team opts to do tomrorw night at home against the Minnestoa Timberwolves. Tip-off in the Smoothie King Center is at 8:30pm.







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